Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking Back at 2015

The end of the year is always a time of reflection for me. I've been thinking back to the books I brought you during 2015, beginning back in January with Against the Wall, and decided to put together a little retrospective of the journey all of us went on together.

Against the Wall took us to the back alleys of San Francisco with street artist Christian. We cried at his struggles and watched love bloom between Christian and sweet, steadfast Shea. Here's the link to a little video I made to share the beauty of Christian's World.


From an isolated mansion in Marin County to Lake Tahoe to the stage of the L.A. Coliseum, we followed Gianni and Zan as they overcame personal obstacles and dealt with life in the public eye in Belonging. Jared Leto was my inspiration for Zan, and this song seems particularly apt.


In Coming Home, we went along for the ride with Chance as he traveled to his home state of Wyoming, then back to San Francisco. Along the way, he found his family -- just not the one he'd expected. Here's a look at a fun reading from Coming Home from this year's GRL Retreat.


All I Believe took us on vacation in Italy, then on to Malta, Tahiti and back home to San Francisco, as shy, quiet law student Nico learned to love again and Nana Dombruso proved you're never too old -- for anything! Check out this amazing 86-year-old gymnast, who reminds us that Nana can do whatever she sets her mind to!


And finally, the bonus Christmas novella Hitman's Holiday spanned more than a decade and took us from London to Brooklyn to Belfast, then back home to San Francisco as we followed Andreo and Constantino's game of cat and mouse. Here's the link to an amazing video made by a reader to celebrate Hitman's Holiday!


 It's been quite a journey. Thanks for coming along for the ride! I'm looking forward to seeing where the road takes us as the Firsts and Forever series continues in 2016 and beyond.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thank you!

I wrote Hitman's Holiday as a little holiday treat for my readers, and I'm absolutely thrilled that so many of you have been enjoying it! It's currently the number one book in Gay Fiction and Gay Romance on Amazon.Thank you for making that happen! <3


Monday, December 21, 2015

Giveaway!

To say thank you to my readers, I'm giving away a $100 Amazon gift card on my Facebook page! If you're not on Facebook, you can still enter the drawing by emailing me at AlexaLandWrites at gmail and your name will go in the hat! The contest is open to readers worldwide, and closes on 12/24/15 at 5 PM PST. Good luck, and Happy Holidays!


Sunday, December 20, 2015

Happy Holidays!

I wrote a fun little short story as a holiday treat for my readers, I hope you enjoy it! It's 21,000 words, it's live on Amazon and Smashwords and is just 99 cents. It's told from Andreo's point of view. We met Luca's brother in All I Believe. That's Nico's brother Constantino (Connie) on the cover.

Here's the blurb:


It’s Christmas Eve at Nana Dombruso’s house, and a wild party is in full swing. Gangsters, strippers and Nana’s ‘gay homosexuals’ are certainly bringing the holiday cheer. But all I can think about is what will happen when I see Constantino Dombruso again.


Connie and I have a very long, very complicated history. The last time I saw him, he’d been hired to carry out a hit on my brother Luca and me. He didn’t go through it, but the tension between us is at an all-time high.


His life has been on a troubling trajectory over the last decade. But the fact is, Connie got under my skin a long time ago, and despite everything, the attraction between us has always been electric.


When we see each other tonight at the party, there could be fireworks or gunfire. It could go either way.


***This holiday short story features characters from Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series. It’s told from Andreo’s perspective, who was introduced in the most recent book in the series, All I Believe. But it can also be enjoyed as a stand-alone for those unfamiliar with the series.


Happy Holidays!! <3


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Note to my Goodreads Friends

I had to go in today and delete my entire friends list on Goodreads, and will not be adding any new friends. I apologize if you were a GR friend and I removed you. It was nothing personal. This is what happened: today, 14 reviews for my new book disappeared from Amazon. The book has been out just two weeks. The reason the reviews were deleted is because I was "friends" with those reviewers, either on Goodreads or on Facebook, and Amazon is now enforcing their policy of not allowing reviews by "friends" of an author.

What they fail to realize is that I created my GR and Facebook accounts specifically for my readers. No one who knows me "in real life" is friends with me on these accounts. So basically, I was penalized for keeping in touch with my readers.

GR and social media are among the only ways I can let people know when a new book is coming out or promote my work. Amazon's policy fails to take into account the fact that authors use social media for these purposes, and our "friends" on these sites aren't our mom, our neighbor, our boyfriend, and so on. They're our valued readers, the people who buy our books and are often kind enough to leave a review.

Reviews are the life blood of any author, perhaps even more so for an independent author like me who relies on them heavily to bring in new readers. Since I want my readers to have the opportunity to review my books, I went in and deleted my friends list in order to remove what Amazon preceives as a conflict.


I believe it's still fine to "follow" an author on Goodreads. Only people in our friends lists and their reviews are affected by Amazon's policy.

Again, I'm sorry if you'd been in my friends list, and I hope you understand.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

The Family Tree

Thank you for all your messages as you've been reading All I Believe! I'm thrilled that my readers have been enjoying it, and I'm so happy to announce that after more than a week, it's still #1 in gay romance and gay fiction on Amazon!!

I've been asked about a family tree on occasion for all the characters, and I've had this posted in my Firsts and Forever facebook group, but thought I'd share it here, too. I hope it helps keep all those characters straight!

The Firsts and Forever Family Tree:
Who's Who and How They're Related

The Dombruso Family:
Sicilian-American family with roots in organized crime
Dante, Vincent, Gianni and Mikey are brothers
They were raised by their grandmother, Stana Dombruso (Nana)
Nico Dombruso is their cousin, and close friends with his cousin Gianni
Jessie works for Nana as a chauffeur/assistant

The Nolan Family:
Irish-American family, many of whom are in law enforcement
Kieran and Brian Nolan are brothers
Shea and Finn Nolan are brothers (Kieran and Brian are their cousins)
Jamie Nolan is their cousin

The Friends:
Christian and Skye are best friends. They went to Sutherlin art school with Christopher Robin
Skye’s brother is River. River’s boyfriend is Cole
Christopher is friends with Hunter Jacobs (Storm)
Chance and Christian are friends
Zachary is Chance’s friend
Yoshi is Gianni’s friend
Charlie is Jamie’s friend and ex-boyfriend

More family ties:
Zan is Christian’s father
TJ is Trevor’s father
Tony is Chance’s father
Chance’s brother is Colt
Colt’s boyfriend is Elijah

The Books in Order, and the Couples:
1. Way Off Plan: Jamie Nolan and Dmitri Teplov
2. All In: Charlie Connolly and Dante Dombruso
3. In Pieces: Christopher Robin Andrews and Kieran Nolan
4. Gathering Storm: Hunter Jacobs/Storm and Brian Nolan
5. Salvation: Trevor Dean and Vincent Dombruso
6. Skye Blue: Skye Fleischmann and Boxer Boy or Dare Evans (no spoilers) ;)
7. Against the Wall: Christian George and Shea Nolan
8. Belonging: Gianni Dombruso and Zan Tillane
9. Coming Home: Chance Matthews and Finn Nolan
10. All I Believe: Nico Dombruso and Luca Caruso


If you're interested in joining the group, you can find it here.

Happy Holidays! <3




Monday, December 7, 2015

Thank you!!

Thank you so much to my readers! You've made All I Believe the #1 book in gay fiction and gay romance on Amazon, and it's currently #132 overall on Amazon, across genres! <3


Friday, December 4, 2015

Thank you!

I've been so happy with the wonderful feedback I've been receiving for All I Believe, including an incredible 5-star review from Sinfully, which you can read here! Thank you to all who've reached out to tell me how much you're enjoying Nico's story!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All I Believe Links



The tenth book in the Firsts and Forever Series went live a day early! Here are the links:

Amazon

It’s also up on Smashwords for all other platforms besides Kindle: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/597693

All I Believe is LIVE!!!!

Great news! All I Believe, the 10th book in the Firsts and Forever series, went live a day early on Amazon! :) Here's the link. I hope you enjoy it!!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Thursday, December 3rd!

I'm thrilled to announce that All I Believe, the 10th book in the best-selling Firsts and Forever series, will go live on Amazon and Smashwords on Thursday, December 3rd! I won't be doing preorders, but I will post the link here when it goes live.

All I Believe is Nico Dombruso's story. Half of it takes place on a whirlwind vacation in Italy with Nico, Nana and Jessie. I really enjoyed taking the series to several beautiful, exotic locations in this book!

You'll also get to revisit some favorite couples from previous books, including Dante and Charlie, Vincent and Trevor, Gianni and Zan, and others. And of course, Nana is up to her usual shenanigans!

Here's the work-in-progress blurb (which also appeared at the end of the most recent book in the series, Coming Home): 

Nico Dombruso has learned to keep the world at arm’s length after being badly burned by his last relationship. But when he meets a gorgeous, mysterious stranger on vacation in Italy, he decides to make an exception and enjoy a summer fling. It’s just sex, after all, so what’s the harm?

He’s shocked when he finds himself able to open up to this man, and for the first time in years, Nico starts to consider the possibility of trusting his tattered heart to someone again.Yet when a secret is revealed that shakes him to his core and threatens to tear his family apart, Nico retreats, so far and so fast that no one, not even the man who was starting to make him believe he could love again, might ever be able to reach him.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Excerpt, Giveaway and Announcement!

Hi all! Check out Bike Book Reviews for a sneak peek at my upcoming book, All I Believe, plus a big announcement!! While you're there, leave a comment on that post for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! :) You can find the post here.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Nana interview

As we draw closer to the December release of All I Believe, the tenth book in my best-selling Firsts and Forever Series (exact date TBA) Nana's giving an interview over at Boy Meets Boy Reviews for their anniversary celebration. Check it out here! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Looking Back at GRL

GRL was, in a word, amazing. I met some wonderful fellow authors, readers, and bloggers, and made some new friends, which was all I'd hoped for going into this conference. It was big and kind of scary and intimidating, but it was also so incredibly rewarding. Writing is such a solitary business, and it felt really good to be reminded I'm far from alone. I feel so lucky to be a part of this wonderful, diverse, fascinating global community!

One of the highlights of GRL for me was doing an author reading with a couple spectacularly talented writers, Hans Hirschi and Rick R. Reed. I was too nervous to do the actual reading myself, so I got a truly gifted voice actor named Greg Tremblay to do it for me and he knocked it out of the park. It was incredibly gratifying to listen to the laughter of the crowd and to see them thoroughly enjoying what I'd written. I recorded it for those who couldn't attend GRL, and the video is located here. Yes, that's me at the beginning introducing Greg and setting up the scene.

I'm already setting my sights on next year's GRL!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Venturing Out of the Writing Cave

I'm over at Prism Book Alliance today, talking about navigating life -- and the somewhat intimidating GRL Retreat -- as an introvert. You can check out the article here. Leaving a comment on the article enters you in their monthly drawing for a $25 gift certificate!

Monday, September 28, 2015

GRL's Dirty Dozen: Welcome TM Smith!

Please join me in welcoming TM Smith to my blog today! I had the pleasure of meeting her at Rainbow Con this summer (she tells some tales about that in this post!) and I'm looking forward to seeing her again at GRL. She and I are part of GRL's Dirty Dozen blog hop (more about that below, too). Take it away, Tams! 





Good morning everyone, and thank you Alexa for hosting me today! We are gearing up for another GRL, this year in San Diego, and I’m very excited to get to hang with some old friends as well as making some new ones. The last CON I attended was Rainbow CON in Florida back in July. I met my lovely host there for the first time. Alexa is very quiet and subdued for the most part, until you get her out and about. We hit up Ybor City in downtown Tampa our last night there along with Morticia Knight, Viktor Alexander, Jake JC Wallace and his fiancĂ© Wendy. We had a blast, and the evening ended at a Tattoo parlor where someone got some new ink while I slept it off in a chair. We didn’t make it back to the hotel until 5AM, but it was a fun ride! 

(Alexa's note: Photographic evidence of our wild night! I took this picture from the front seat of that 5 a.m. cab ride after we closed out both the gay bar and the tattoo parlor. Tams is strewn across authors Morticia Knight, who I didn't manage to get in the shot, Viktor Alexander and JC Jake Wallace, as well as Jake's fiance Wendy.)

Anywho, I digress, I’m here today for my stop on the “Dirty Dozen” blog hop. 12 Featured and Supporting GRL Authors have gotten together for a fun Q&A and to giveaway some goodies. Let’s start with my portion of the Q&A…

1) Do you fully outline a book? Or do you sit and let the thoughts flow as you type?
Both actually. I have an outline of content for the book as well as what I want from each character before I start writing. But then the characters sort of take-over in my head and things change or get added. It’s always an experience to listen to the voices in my head and try to get everything they say down on paper.

2) Describe your writing style in five words and what about that style sets you apart from other authors in your genre(s)?
Scattered, eratic, disturbing, colorful and descriptive. I don’t know that anything truly sets me apart, well, maybe the POV I write from which is usually narrative.

3) What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in 2016?
I’m writing the 3rd book in the All Cocks series, How to Deal, at the moment. I’m also having my first series, Opposites, edited and revamped and will be starting the 3rd book in that series around the new year, Maddness.

4) What's the answer to the one question no interviewer has ever asked? (You don't have to supply the question.)
Yes

5) When you're stuck on a story, what do you do to get the words flowing again?
Brainstorm, watch videos or read a book, specifically a video on what I’m trying to write about at the time. Sometimes I have to leave it and skip ahead, then come back to the issue later.

6) What's your favorite scene from your own work and the one that's lingered longest from someone else's. (Not genre specific.)
Mine: One of the first scenes I wrote five years ago for my first novel, Opposites. The chapter is titled ‘The Clearing’ and I love everything about that chapter. The connection, the pain, love and misery it captures. To this day, I cannot read that chapter without tearing up.

Someone else’s: It’s not an MM book, it’s a YA book. In the final Hunger Games book, the final scene, the last two sentences. “You love me, real or not real?” “Real.” I get goose bumps now just thinking about it. I loved how so few words conveyed a lifetime of emotions. That entire epilogue in fact, is perfection. “My children don’t know their playground is a graveyard.” Love or hate the series, that final epilogue was just fantastic.

7) What is your favorite genre to read? Least favorite?
MM Romance (whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, I just love love) would be my favorite. My least favorite is hard core BDSM.

8) Tell us about your writing environment and where your writing time fits into your daily or weekly schedule.
One side of my bedroom is my bed and dresser, the other side is the computer, book shelves and files. I write whenever I have the time working around a full time job and 3 kids, one of which is Autistic.

9) How do you manage all of your new plot bunnies and what is your process to work on one?
I will be sitting at work, typing, answering the phones, and I’ll think of something and grab a note to jot it down. I have a stack of paper and sticky notes with one word, one line or a song that made me think, “Damn! I could write this around that and work it into so and so story!” I’m also somewhat of a geek and I create power points and windows DOC with notes and images for characters, books and chapters.

10) What keeps you focused when writing?
Music for the most part. I have a ton of playlists on both Youtube and Spotify, certain songs or types of music for specific characters that I listen to while writing about them. It keeps my creative juices flowing.

11) In a perfect world, would you write full time? If so, would it be mm/LGBT or would there be some mf in there too?
Yes, I would love to write full time. I would write anything that I felt the need to write, no genre is taboo for me.

12) What influenced your decision to write in this genre?
I love to read the genre so it only made sense to try and write it as well. Not to mention, since I write books about sexy mens falling in love and what not, the research is absolutely delightful!

 Read on for more about TM Smith and her books!



A military brat born and raised at Ft. Benning Georgia; Smith is an avid reader, reviewer and writer. She now calls Texas home from her small town on the outskirts of the DFW Metroplex. Most days you can find her curled up with her kindle and a good book alongside a glass of something aged and red or a steaming cup of coffee! 

At 44 years young, she's decided to enter the next phase of her life by adding the title of "author" to her list of accomplishments. Smith is a single mom of three disturbingly outspoken and decidedly different kids, one of which is Autistic. Besides her writing, Smith is passionate about Autism advocacy and LGBT rights. 


Here's where to find TM:

Gay for Pay: An All Cocks story

Christopher Allan Roberts thought he had a promising future; Captain of the football team with the promise of a scholarship to play for Alabama. His high school sweetheart and best friend for as long as he could remember, Amanda, by his side, and the love and support of his family. One night, one mistake changed everything. Chris moves to New York, adrift and alone. A walk one night brings him to the flashing lights, loud music and thrumming bodies at club Berlin. A flyer in the men’s room promises fame and fortune for anyone willing to go on camera and have sex, with another man. Money is money, and how hard could it be, right?

Christopher Allan Roberts becomes Kris Alen, All Cocks newest addition, a gay for pay porn star.

Lincoln Carter is honest with everyone in his life, including his family, about who he is and about his sexual preferences. Linc Larson, the openly bi-sexual gay porn star will do anything with anyone, which pretty much writes his ticket in a versatility charged industry. It’s not his sexuality that interferes with his personal life; it’s his inability to trust.

What Linc wants right now, more than anything, is the chance to do a scene with All Cocks newest acquisition, Kris Alen. Six foot two with Auburn hair, an exquisitely toned and inked up body, Kris Alen is sex personified. Linc doesn’t know if it’s the “I want the shiny new toy” aspect that calls to him, or the distant and wounded expression that haunts Kris’s eyes.

Linc figures out early on that Kris is only working the gay for pay angle that All Cocks brings to his bank account. Can a bi-sexual man with trust issues break down the barriers that Kris has built around himself and help Christopher overcome the painful past he is running from.

Gay for Pay is a gay for you story about two men that will have to come to terms with the mistakes they made in their past, if they want to stick around and have a chance at a future.

Buy links:


Fame and Fortune: An All Cocks story, book 2 (Tentative release date, September 1st 2015)

Victor Dimir moved to America with his traditional Romanian parents when he was just a child. His Romani parents taught him their traditions and how to be a shrewd business man. But it was the attention of a classmate at school that taught a teenage Victor about his sexuality. When he came out to his parents he knew it would be difficult for them to understand, but he never expected them to disown him.

Andrew Jones grew up with a single mom and his grandmother teaching him about life, he had an absentee father at best. The only thing the man ever did for Andy that stuck was buy him a camera for his thirteenth birthday. When Andrew went off to college on a scholarship to study photo journalism, he wound up falling in love with his Romanian roommate.

They became inseparable and wound up starting their own business together; a gay porn website where people could go and watch romantic gay porn instead of the rough and tough, or wham bam thank you man crap that was flooding the internet at that time. After ten years together they are perfectly happy, they don’t even realize something was missing, until they meet a broken young man that needs a family.

Matthew Carlson was homeless, jobless and broken. He’d been on his own since he was sixteen when he ran away from home after being brutally assaulted by several other young men that he thought were his friends, and then being told he brought it on himself for being gay by his parents. Matthew has done a lot of things these last few years just to get by. When he finds the flyer for All Cocks, he decides to call and see where it leads. What has he got to lose?

Matthew has deep rooted scars that aren’t usually visible on the outside. But when he walks into All Cocks, both Victor and Andrew see them, they also see him. Can three men that didn’t even realize they needed each other get past the stigma of society to find a place of happiness, together?

Advisory warning: This story contains a scene of sexual assault.

Buy links:


 Thanks again for hosting me Alexa, can’t wait to share a frosty beverage with you in San Diego!!!

Thank you for being here, Tams! See you soon!  


"Dirty Dozen" 
blog hop

12 GRL Authors | 12 Question Q&A | 12 book Giveaway


 Gearing up for GRL in San Diego so its time for another 'Dirty Dozen' blog hop and giveaway event. Same as last year, I've collected twelve different Featured and Supporting Authors and we will all be answering the same twelve questions for the hop. Each Author is donating an e-book to the giveaway, so one lucky person will walk away with a dozen books for their enjoyment! 

Here's who is hosting who and when... 

September 24th | AE Via is hosting Wade Kelly
September 25th | Aisling Mancy is hosting Tempeste O'Riley
September 28th | Alexa Land is hosting TM Smith
September 29th | Carter Quinn is hosting Nicole Dennis
September 30th | Jeff Adams is hosting Nic Starr
October 1st | LE Franks is hosting Morticia Knight
October 2nd | Morticia Knight is hosting LE Franks
October 5th | Nic Starr is hosting Jeff Adams
October 6th | Nicole Dennis is hosting Carter Quinn
October 7th | TM Smith is hosting Alexa Land
October 8th | Tempeste O'Riley is hosting Aisling Mancy
October 9th | Wade Kelly is hosting AE Via

The Q&A list each Author will be answering for their post...
{each Author submitted a question and all 12 Authors answer, including their own}

AE Via: Do you fully outline a book? Or do you sit and let the thoughts flow as you type?

Aisling Mancy: Describe your writing style in five words and what about that style sets you apart from other authors in your genre(s)?

Alexa Land: What are you currently working on, and what can we expect from you in 2016?

Carter Quinn: What's the answer to the one question no interviewer has ever asked? 

Jeff Adams: When you're stuck on a story, what do you do to get the words flowing again?

LE Frank: What's your favorite scene from your own work, and the one that's lingered longest from someone else's? 

Morticia Knight: What is your favorite genre to read? Least favorite?

Nic Starr: Tell us about your writing environment and where your writing time fits into your daily or weekly schedule?

Nicole Dennis: How do you manage all of your new plot bunnies and what is your process to work on one?

TM Smith: What keeps you focused when writing?

Tempeste O'Riley: In a perfect world, would you write full time? If so, would it ll be mm/LGBT or would there be some mf in there too? 

Wade Kelly: What influenced your decision to write in this genre?

"Dirty Dozen" e-book extravaganza giveaway... 

ONE lucky winner will receive an e-book from each Author on the hop. Most Author's have submitted winner's choice from their backlist, but a few have listed a specific title.

AE Via: Winner’s choice, one book from the Nothing Special series

Aisling Mancy: Joyeaux Noel by Aisling Mancy (adult) or Safe by C. Kennedy (young adult)

Alexa Land: One ebook copy from the  'Coming Home' series, or Winner's choice from my backlist.

Carter Quinn: Winner’s choice, one book from Carter's backlist

Jeff Adams: Winner’s choice, one book from Jeff's backlist

LE Frank: Winner's choice, copy of 6 Days to Valentine or Can This be Real

Morticia Knight: Winner’s choice, one book from Morticia's backlist

Nic Starr: Winner's choice, copy of Andrew's Promise or More Than a Friend

Nicole Dennis: Winner’s choice, one book from Nicole's backlist

TM Smith: Winner’s choice, one book from TM's backlist

Tempeste O'Riley: Winner’s choice, one book from Tempeste's backlist

Wade Kelly: Winner’s choice, one book from Wade's backlist


Just think, you could have every book you see pictured above on your e-reader. That should keep you busy for a while! 

Be sure to follow the hop and see how all 12 questions might be the same, but the answers will be wildly different. And show your support by sharing each days post on your social media accounts!

Good luck everyone, see you in San Diego!!

**** to enter the giveaway leave a comment below - you can visit EACH stop on the hop via the links above by their name, and leave a comment at EACH stop for additional entries. At the end of the hop I will put EVERY comment from EACH stop into a hat and draw ONE lucky winner ****


REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL WHEN YOU COMMENT SO THAT I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOU WIN. NO EMAIL, YOU FORFEIT


Good luck all in the drawing, and thanks for stopping by my blog today! -- Alexa